2014 Sinquefield Cup starts today

The strongest chess tournament ever has started! Participants? Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) – the world’s numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9!
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FIDE Rating List – Top 100 Women Players (August 2014)

Hou Yifan did a great step to become the wolrd number #1 woman player. Her second place in the tournament in Biel brought her 32 rating points and she is very close to the phenomenal Judit Polgar – the current #1 of the rating list. Check it out!
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Chess Tactic #105

Is it safe to move 1.Rxe4 for white? Why yes or why not?

chess tactic

[FEN “8/5pk1/p4b1p/1p1r1Pp1/4p3/PqP5/1P3QPP/2BrRR1K w – – 0 1”]

FIDE Rating List – Top 100 Players (August 2014)

It is the first day of new month and it means that FIDE published new rating list. Let’s look at men’s Top 100. The first place is booked for Magnus Carlsen. And it will be for some time probably. There are two players who are above the 2800 points level – Levon Aronian (2805) and Fabiano Caruana (2801). Are you interested in the others? Check the list in the article!

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2014 Sinquefield Cup Strongest Chess Tournament in History

Chess club Saint LouisThe 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess, bringing six of the world’s top-nine Grandmasters together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Last year, the inaugural super-tournament thrilled spectators as the strongest chess competition ever held on U.S. soil. For its 2014 encore, beginning August 27 to September 7, the tournament will be the strongest ever held on earth, its six players averaging a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, winner of the 2013 Sinquefield Cup, will return to defend his title against an expanded field. This year’s prestigious event will award $100,000 to its winner, part of a $315,000 total prize fund.

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Chess Tactic #104

White to move and win. Write your plan to the comments below the diagram!

Chess Tactic

White to move

[FEN “2r1r1k1/qp1nb1pp/4pp2/pP1pP3/1n1P3P/1PN2N2/4QPP1/R1R1B1K1 w – – 0 1”]


Chess Tactic #103

White to move and win. What would be your winning plan?

Chess Tactic

White to move.

[FEN “r1b3k1/pp3pbp/q3pnp1/6N1/4PB2/1BNn3P/PP3PP1/3Q1RK1 w – – 0 1”]


Chess Tactic #102

White to move and win. How would you move now?

chess tactic 102

White to move.

[FEN “r7/3kb2Q/ppqpbRp1/6P1/P2pP3/3P4/1P5P/5RK1 w – – 0 1”]

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